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Liquor, beer ordinances pass second reading

By Staff | Dec 20, 2019

In a special reading Monday afternoon at Rugby’s City Hall, the Rugby City Council passed the second readings of Ordinances 418 and 419 – which amend Rugby’s Municipal Code regarding beer and liquor licensure.

The language of the two ordinances mirror each other.

Changes the ordinances make include revisions and repeals of various sections, including to the license application and revocation processes, locations of licensed premises, and transfers of license to another location and event permits.

The ordinances also make changes to hours of operation. Within licensed establishments, a person “may not dispense or permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages” between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. other days of the week or on Christmas Day, or after 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Offsale cannot be provided after 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving, or between 2 a.m. and noon Sundays. Violation of that section of ordinance is a Class A misdemeanor.

Another change the ordinances make is eliminating requirements for server training.

Ward 2 Councilman Gary Kraft asked prior to the passage if the ordinances received City Attorney Bill Hartl’s (who was absent for the meeting) “blessing.” Mayor Sue Steinke said they had.

Ward 4 Councilman Chuck Longie and Ward 2 Councilman Dave Bednarz were both absent for the meeting.

Other actions

– The council approved budget amendments and transfers.

– The council approved alcoholic beverage license renewal applications for the American Legion, Main Street Boutique, Cobblestone Inn & Suites, I.C. Dubbles, Dakota Farms, 3rd Street Station, Northside Lounge, Rancho Grande, Lee’s Bar, Gryphon Liquors, Coffee Cottage and the Prairie Village Museum/Geographical Center Historical Society.

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